Fighting diseases around the world

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KELLY MORGAN ◆ KELLY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Global health security means fighting health threats at their source so that they don’t have a chance to set foot on U.S. soil, and one of the people fighting that fight is former Lebanon resident Courtney Buck.

Buck, who is a fourth-generation Lebanon native and a Lebanon High School graduate, has spent the past two years working for the Centers for Disease Control in its Center for Global Health, and the majority of his work has been with the Global Health Security Agenda creating country plans and budgets for congressionally approved spending.

“We want to fight the outbreaks at the source, in the country... so that disease never has a chance to step foot on American soil,” Buck stated. “So if we can place these capacity-building elements into a country where they can prevent, detect and respond to the outbreak and we don’t have to get involved as much as we used to, that’s a win for Americans, and that’s what Global Health Security is trying to do at this time.”

Additionally, Buck worked as a liaison between the CDC director and the Office of Chief of Staff during the Zika outbreak, and from January to April, he worked on clinical evaluations in Botswana.

After graduating from high school, Buck attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he studied applied mathematics and economics. Next, he spent four years in the U.S. Army, which included a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.

Buck said it was in Afghanistan that he first developed an interest in global health.

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